We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.

Marine Education


We offer learning opportunities for students of all ages. Our topics can be used to introduce, supplement, reinforce, or provide enrichment to students. We offer standard and multi-day field trips, camp and vacation programs, school partnerships, scout programming, and ongoing research projects.



Providing world-class sailing instruction and marine science programming, would not be possible without a strong community of supporters. Every contribution is important. Whether you decide to give a one-time gift or commit to becoming a monthly supporter. All donations directly support connecting people to the water through our science and sailing programs.

About the WaterFront Center

Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
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News & Updates

  • October 13th, 2017

    Championship of Champions 2017
    by Brent Bomkamp

    Between October between October 5th and 8th, The WaterFront Center was pleased to host US Sailing’s race for the Jack Brown Trophy, also known as the Championship of Champions. This unique event is open to any sailors who have won a ...
  • September 18th, 2017

    Introducing the MultiGen Dinghy Clinic
    The WaterFront Center is constantly seeking out new experiences that can bring people closer to the water in unique and exciting ways. There has been some interest among our community in bringing our High School Sailing experience to parents and other non-high schoolers intrigued in competitive dinghy ...
  • September 13th, 2017

    2017 Benefit Regatta Recap
    By Brent Bomkamp


    On Friday, September 8th 16 participants boarded six Sonars to enjoy a day of racing in support of sailing and marine education in Oyster Bay at the 2017 Benefit Regatta.

    Conditions could not have been more favorable, with ...
  • August 22nd, 2017
    Sailing in West Harbor is always more fun when you’re racing toward the finish line! WFC Racing is our competitive outlet for sailors to put their skills to the test amongst our welcoming community. While racing can seem intimidating to even very experienced sailors, Tuesday Night Racing at the WaterFront Center offers an entry point ...
  • August 18th, 2017

    Let’s Talk Solar Eclipse!
    by Michelle Hollander

    The latest hubbub is about a special event occurring on Monday, August 21st.  It’s a total solar eclipse – where the moon passes directly in front of the sun.  While solar eclipses are not necessarily rare (2-5 occur per year), there has not ...

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